7th September, 2012
Despite being confirmed champions, Kano Pillars’ goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai said today’s last day game at Sunshine Stars in Ijebu-Ode is a must win.
NPL, after its two-day meeting on Wednesday unanimously invoked article 4.2 (3) which states that “if a club fails to honour two consecutive matches without an acceptable reason such a club shall be expelled from the league and the matches played and un-played shall be cancelled”.
This leaves Kano Pillars on top of the log on 61 points ahead of their closest rivals, Lobi Stars and Enugu Rangers with 57 and 55 points respectively.
Afelokhai said they are determined to end the season on a winning note.
“We want to end the season with a win, so we’re going to Ijebu-Ode to beat Sunshine Stars on Friday.
“Our minds are made up to win well despite the latest development that handed the league title to us, so the match is a must win for us,” he told supersport.com.
An elated Afelokhai hailed the league body for standing on the side of the law.
“Honestly, everybody is in celebration mood, Kano is bubbling with celebrations. We commend NPL for following the rules as it concerns Ocean Boys,” he said.
The former Nigerian Olympic team shot-stopper said the Pyramid City side will make Nigerians proud on the continent.
“It’s a challenge to us now that we’re champions and will fly Nigeria’s flag at the continent.
“Last time on the continent we left at the semifinal stage. Now we want to be champions.
“We, the players, have taken it up as a big task on our hands, once we’re done with the Sunshine Stars’ tie this evening we’ll come back home to start preparation for the CAF Champions League campaign,” he said.